Northwestern Shore attractions

Top Choice Church in Northwestern Shore

Mount of the Beatitudes

Since at least the 4th century, this landscaped hillside is believed to be where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7), whose opening lines – the eight Beatitudes – begin with the phrase ‘Blessed are…
Top Choice Historic Site in Northwestern Shore

Ancient Galilee Boat

In 1986, when the level of the Sea of Galilee was particularly low, a local fisherman made an extraordinary discovery: the remains of a wooden boat later determined to have plied these waters in the time of Jesus’s …
Archaeological Site in Northwestern Shore

Capernaum

The New Testament says that the prosperous lakeside village of Capernaum (estimated population 1500), on the imperial highway from Tiberias to Damascus, was Jesus’s base during the most influential period of his Gal…
National Park in Northwestern Shore

Arbel National Park

Towering over the Sea of Galilee and offering breathtaking views of the Golan Heights and Mt Hermon, Arbel Cliff is 181m above sea level, which makes it 390m above the vast blue lake below. Great rambling territory,…
Archaeological Site in Northwestern Shore

Korazim National Park

On a hillside overlooking the Sea of Galilee, Korazim is a good place to get an idea of the layout of a prosperous, midsized Galilean town in the time of Jesus and the Talmud (3rd to 5th centuries CE). The synagogue…
Archaeological Site in Northwestern Shore

Magdala

When the Legionnaires of Christ, a Catholic congregation based in Mexico, began building a spiritual retreat in 2009, they were astonished to discover a synagogue from the 1st century CE, dated to the time of Jesus …
Church in Northwestern Shore

Church of the Primacy of St Peter

A shady, fragrant garden leads down to the lakeshore and to this Franciscan chapel (built 1933), lit by the vivid colours of abstract stained glass. The flat rock in front of the altar was known to Byzantine pilgrim…
Church in Northwestern Shore

Monastery of the Twelve Apostles

Peacocks strut around the serene, deeply shaded lakefront garden of this Greek Orthodox site, 200m as the crow flies (1.6km on foot or by car) northeast of the Capernaum synagogue, at the eastern edge of the ancient…
Church in Northwestern Shore

Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves & Fishes

This austere German Benedictine church was constructed in 1982 on the foundations of a 5th-century Byzantine church. The rock under the altar is believed by some to be the ‘solitary place’ where Jesus is said to hav…
Christian Site in Northwestern Shore

Domus Galilaeae

Near the summit of the Mount of the Beatitudes, this exquisite modern complex serves as a venue in which Christians – especially Catholic seminarians – can get to know both modern-day Judaism and Christianity's Jewi…